Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh researchers play a leading role in a White House conference, co-hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, on the future of innovation.

R. Mark Richardson

  • Director, Brain Modulation Laboratory
  • Director, Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Faculty Member, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Richardson’s clinical specializations are comprehensive epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation for movement and limbic disorders, and awake surgery in eloquent brain areas. His clinical expertise also includes intraoperative mapping to preserve brain function, including language, in patients who are awake during epilepsy and brain tumor surgery.

Prior to joining Pitt’s faculty in 2011, Richardson undertook specialized training in epilepsy neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation, and brain mapping during awake craniotomies at the University of California, San Francisco. He was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award to study gene therapy delivery to the brain.